Backpacking Light Titanium Alloy UltraRods are certainly thin – and light.
We’ve received a number of comments from those that have purchased the UltraRods that they won’t support a heavy pot of water when used in some designs for wire-type pot supports, including the Z-Stand Pot Stand Design published here earlier. We offered a redesign of the standard Z-Stand to work with the UltraRods; and while this has worked fine for many, the direct flame from some side-ported stoves overheats the titanium, causing it to soften and bend under the weight of a cook pot.
Here, we offer a Z-Stand redesign that supports a heavy pot of water and withstands the heat from side-ported alcohol stoves. The trick is to relocate the diagonals on the Z-Stand to a lower position along the verticals by spiraling them down the verticals. Ron Liljedahl, a Backpacking Light subscriber, loaned us his stove setup, which had previously "melted" three UltraRod Z-Stands, to allow us to test the new design. Thanks again Ron!
To make your own, use the same technique as the original Z-stand design. Start with a vertical going up, and make the bend and spiral at the top using needle nose pliers. Caution! You must make gentle curves and bend the material slowly to prevent it from snapping (yes, I believe we’ve met the threshold of what this material can do). Finish it off with a third diagonal that spirals up the first vertical, as we did with the modified Z-Stand. The final weight for the stand pictured above is under 0.2 ounces.